The IROMEC robot was developed as part of a European consortium, the IROMEC project (2006-2009; including University of Hertfordshire. It was specifically developed to allow children with special needs to play. Ben Robins and Ester Ferrariā€™s research contributed to the development and evaluation of the IROMEC robot. After the end of the IROMEC project, the robot has been used also by other researchers, e.g. by Iolanda Iacono and the Aurora team used IROMEC and the KASPAR robots as part of a joint collaboration with University of Siena in Italy.